It used to just be a matter of knowing the rating of a show on television. Now, a parent really has to do their work before deciding whether a show is appropriate for their children. They have to watch, think, review and think again before deciding if a show is appropriate for their children. Three such Reality Shows include:
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding– Showcases the Romanichal gypsies and their lifestyle. Young women can marry at age 16 and have children just as early. Even at that early age, their weddings put the average wedding to shame in cost, glitz and glamour. Mothers encourage their daughters to dress as adult as possible at a young age. Each gathering features skimpy clad young ladies. The men go to work and the women stay home. Not what most parents would find as appropriate and acceptable for their daughters to strive for in their own lives.
Sister Wives– Quite famous for the controversial arrangement of one husband, four wives and a litany of children, this family’s dynamics introduce children of a young age to be accepting of husband’s that are not completely faithful to just one wife. It is often construed under the guise of their religion even though the main religion broke away from that practice years ago. It is not uncommon for the ladies to have been brought up by mothers who also have sister wives. While in this family, each family now lives in separate homes, they are all located in a cul de sac where the husband jumps from home to home where each separate family resides. This set up appears to cause many of the children some grief and hard feelings about not spending more time with their dad. While many are brought up to accept this as normal, the pain can still be seen when important moments come up and have to be shared.
My Five Wives-In what appears to be a spin off the Sister Wives, My five wives showcase one husband, five wives and yet another litany of children. This family does appear to have a more common lifestyle in both the financial and expectation areas. The wives appear to be more down to Earth and approachable. They do all reside in the same home which may lead to more controversial topics but is more dynamic to the families. The children do not suffer with only seeing their father a few days a month. In this family set-up, the children see and interact with their father on a daily basis. The father also plays a major part in his family and does not expect to be awarded with his alone time. He indicates throughout the shows that he would much rather spend the time with his family than anywhere else.
These shows may be entertaining and interesting to adults, they do not appear to be appropriate to young children and developing teens. The messages portrayed can be confusing to their minds.